Friday, January 24, 2014

Colonel Alvin C. Voris.

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Alvin Coe Voris.

Birth: Apr. 27, 1827, Stark County.
Death: Jul. 28, 1904, Akron, Summit County, Ohio.

Burial: Glendale Cemetery, Akron, Summit County, Ohio.

Civil War Union Brevet Major General. As a lawyer and legislator, his political career was interrupted by the Civil War. He enlisted as Sergeant in the 29th Ohio Infantry Regiment in September 1861, was promoted 2nd Lieutenant and appointed Lieutenant Colonel in the 67th Ohio Infantry Regiment on October 11, 1861. He was with the 67th throughout the Virginia campaigns, was wounded in action at Winchester in March 1862 and at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. As Colonel in command, he led the 67th in South Carolina and was wounded again at Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863. For meritorious service he was brevetted Brigadier General, December 8, 1864, Major General of U.S. Volunteers, November 15, 1865 and mustered out of the regiment on December 7, 1865. After the war, he resumed the practice of law, was later elected to the Constitutional Assembly and served as judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Summit, Medina and Lorain counties, Ohio, retiring in 1896.

History of the 67th., Ohio Infantry.

The rifle ball by which Colonel Voris was wounded at Fort Wagner, split upon the ring of his sword belt, and as. on probing, only a small piece of the ball was found, it was supposed that the larger portion had glanced off without penetrating the body.  As the years passed by, after the close of the war. and his return to his professional duties, the General began to experience an abdominal trouble which finally developed into what was supposed to be an aggravated case of stone in the bladder, and finally, despairing of his life unless he could get speedy relief, in the fall of 1873 he submitted to a surgical operation when to the surprise of the surgeons, his friends, and himself, instead of a stone, three-fourths of an Enfield rifle leaden ball, weighing an ounce and one-eighth, was extracted from the bladder.

That the shot did not kill him instantly in the first place, was simply miraculous ; and that he could have carried that amount of lead in such a vital position for over ten years of a very active life, with-
out fatal results, and finally, to withstand the effects of so painful and critical an operation, not only evinces a remarkable degree of pluck, but a most vigorous constitution.

Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion.
Colonel Alvin C. Voris Medical History.
CASE 801. Colonel Alvin C. Voris, 67th Ohio, was wounded in an assault on Fort Wagner, Morris Island, July 18, 1863. Surgeon M. S. Kittinger, 100th New York, reported that a musket ball penetrated the left inguinal region. Surgeon J. J. Craven, U. S. V., records that this officer was received on the Hospital Steamer Cosmopolitan. July 27, 1863, taken northward, and granted leave of absence. There is no record of the treatment of the injury at this period. Brevetted Brigadier General of Volunteers, for gallantry, December 8, 1864, this officer was honorably mustered out December 12, 1865. He did not apply for pension. In the Cincinnati Times, November, 1873, it is stated that General Voris had long suffered with an affection of the bladder at his home at Akron, Ohio, and that Professor S. W. Hamilton, of Columbus, on exploration detected a foreign body and performed lithotomy, when a battered Enfield rifle bullet of the usual size was extracted from the bladder. The Akron Beacon states that the physicians in attendance reported that the patient had progressed very favorably since the operation, and predicted his speedy recovery. The reporter states that the theory of the entrance of the ball into the bladder was that it had lodged in the muscular coat of the upper part of the organ, and that by gravitation and ulcerative absorption it gradually worked into the cavity. The operator, Dr. S. W. Hamilton, will doubtless print an authentic account of the case. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Castor Seebold, 51st., Pennsylvania Infantry.

Castor Seebold.

Birth: Feb. 12, 1846.
Death: May 10, 1864.

Burial: New Berlin Cemetery, New Berlin, Union County, Pennsylvania.    

Mustered into service on February 19,1864 as a Private in Company E. 51st Pennsylvania Infantry. Died at Philadelphia,Pennsylvania on May 11,1864.

Medical and Surgical History of the Rebellion
Volume 3, part 1., publish date 1888.

Case 28, Private Castor Seebold, Co. E, 51st Pa.: age 19; was admitted May 7, 1861, presenting some emaciation, dry tongue, sordes ou teeth, tenderness in right iliac fossa, and restlessness, with a freiiueut pulse, 120. Next day rose-colored 8i)ot8 were observed, and he had epistaxis and diarrhoea, with a more rapid pulse. He was treated with acetate of ammonia and morphia, milk-punch, eggnog and beef-tea. He died on the 11th. Post-mortem examination four hours afterdeath: Lungs congested; heart, liver and kidneys healthy; spleen somewhat softened and congested: ileum and c;ecum very much congested; Peyer's patches and the solitary glands in the ileum much enlarged and enlarged Turner's Lane Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

William Scott, 15th., Massachusetts Infantry.

William Scott.

Birth: About 1824, England.
Death: Oct. 26, 1861

Wife: Mary Cairns Scott (____ - 1887).

Burial: Mount Zion Cemetery, Webster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

History of Massachusetts 15th, Infantry
William Scott, private, Co. I., born England, age 37, married, Spinner.  Killed at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, October 21, 1861 
Library of Congress. 
CHAP>CCLXXXI-An Act for the relief of Mary Scott.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that  the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized and directed to allow and pay to Mary Scott, widow of William Scott, late a private in company I, Fifteenth regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, a pension at the rate of Eight dollars per month, from the Twenty-first day of October, Eighteen Hundred add Sixty-One, the date of the death of her said husband, until the Tenth day of August, Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-One, the date of the commencement of the pension heretofore allowed her, and the additional sum of two dollars per month for each child of said William Scott under sixteen years of age, to commence from the twenty-fifth day of July Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-Six, and to continue until said children shall attain the age of sixteen years.
Approver July 27, 1868. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

People Who had Accidents In 1865-1866.

 Authors Note.  This information comes from; American Journal of the Medical Sciences.
I can't seem to find the volume again, so I'm sorry to say this will be all the information there will be on the names.

John Clouden, a factory hand, a native of this country, 19 years of age, was admitted September 2, 1865, having had his right hand seriously crushed and mangled by being caught in the picker
of a cotton mill.

Michael O'Donnell, a schoolboy, five years of age, was run over by a locomotive on the North Pennsylvania Railroad on the afternoon of September 29, 1865, and was received into  the Episcopal Hospital about half an hour after the occurrence..

Patrick Dailey, an Irishman, 35 years of age, a laborer, was brought to the hospital on the evening of January 13, 1866, by a policeman who had found him lying in an intoxicated condition upon the track of the Germantown Passenger Railway, where he had been run over by a car about half an hour previously.

Wm. McMulligan, an Irishman, 50 years of age, a factory-hand, was admitted February 22, 1866, having  had his right hand injured that morning in the machinery of the factory where he worked.

Joseph K. Alderfer, 25 years of age, unmarried, a returned soldier, and a native of Pennsylvania, was admitted on Thursday, August 31st, 1865, at about ten o'clock in the morning. He stated that he had fallen an hour or two previously from a loaded wagon which he was driving, and which was overturned at the time of his fall. .

Gottlieb Jehle, a German, 21 years of age, and by occupation a gardener, was admitted to the Episcopal Hospital on Sept. 8, 1865, at about half past four in the morning, having both his upper and lower jaw broken by a kick from a horse.

James Massey, an Englishman, 39 years of age, married, a saw-grinder by occupation, was admitted to the Episcopal Hospital at about 111 A. M., on September 15, 1865, suffering from a compound depressed fracture of the frontal bone, which had been produced that morning by the bursting of a grindstone at a neighboring saw-factory. He had been sitting before the grindstone on an iron-bound " horse," by a blow from the end of which his injury was caused.

Michael Sullivan, aged fifty, an Irishman, and by occupation a laborer, was admitted into the Episcopal Hospital on the morning of October 2d, 1865, having fallen a short time previously from the third story window of a dwelling-house.

Clarence Masterson, an Irishman, 50 years of age, married, and by occupation a laborer, was admitted to the Episcopal Hospital on the morning of August 28, 1865, having been injured by falling astride of a joist in a new building where he was at work.

Charles Donald, aged 43, mariner, constitution good, received a fracture of the radius and ulna of his left forearm, produced by the fall of a spar in New Orleans, in March, 1864.

E. H. S., mate on board the U. S. S. " Chocura," aged thirty-one years, native of New York, while the vessel was lying in Tampa Bay at 7 A. M., February 22, 1866, accidentally inserted a pocket-knife blade three-fourths of an inch in width and three inches in length, in his left thigh.

Thomas Kelley, a boy of 14 years, was admitted to the Episcopal Hospital on Wednesday evening, August 16th, 1865. The following imperfect account of his case was subsequently obtained from himself and his friends  On August 3d (nearly two weeks before entering the hospital), he fell from a wagon, receiving two wounds, one over the right temporal region, and another on the left side of the head. These wounds were healing when, on August 15th, in attempting to go down stairs, he fell down the entire flight of nine steps. He received from this fall a contusion over the right eye, and had some bleeding from the mouth. He stated that he was momentarily stunned by the fall,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Charles Dougherty, 69th., Pennsylvania Infantry..

Charles Dougherty.

Birth: 1826.
Death: Apr. 23, 1864.

Burial: Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Records.

Charles Dougherty, Sergeant 69th., Pennsylvania, Co. C., mustered in August 21, 1861. Killed accidentally near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 18, 1864.  

American Journal of the Medical Sciences. 

Charles Dougherty , Sergeant Co. "C," 69th Pennsylvania Vols., 38 years of age, entered tlie Cuyler Hospital, April 18th, 1864. He liad re-enlisted, and, his furlough having expired, was on his way to join his regiment at Chester Barracks. He received his injuries by falling or jumping from the train while in motion, two days before he was received into this hospital. He had been very drunk when the accident occurred. Death 3 p. m. of the same day.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Joseph K. Alderfer Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Records.

Joseph K. Alderrfer, Private, 179th., Pennsylvania Infantry, Co. C., Mustered in November 5, 1862.  Deserted on December 1, 1862.

American Journal of the Medical Sciences.

Case I. Fracture at base of skull ; death on fourth day; autopsy.
[From Dr. Bodiiie's* notes]. 

Joseph K. Alderfer, 25 years of age, unmarried, a returned soldier, and a native of Pennsylvania, was admitted on Thursday, August 31st, 1865, at about ten o'clock in the morning. He stated that he had fallen an hour or two previously from a loaded wagon which he was driving, and which was overturned at the time of his fall. On examination there was found a great deal of ecchymosis of the left orbit. Blood was flowing from his nose and mouth, and a large quantity had been swallowed and was afterwards vomited. He complained of pain in his head, and in his left leg, which presented a fracture in the upper part of the fibula. His pulse was sixty-four, his respiratioji somewhat laboured, and his right pupil slightly contracted. He was restless, but rational.

His leg was wrapped in pillows, and ice api)lied to his head. He was ordered a teacupful of milk every four hours. The next day he complained much of headache, was very restless, and slightly delirious; pulse 68.

Sept. 2d. In the morning he was rational again, but still very restless; pulse 72. In the evening his pulse rose to 112, with great heat of surface; respirations 32 in the minute; very restless and delirious, though uot noisy; pupils of both eyes contracted.

3d, 4 A. M. Skin very hot ; pulse 120; respirations stertorous. 8.30 A. M., pulse 130; respirations 12 in the minute. Died at 9.30 A. M.

Autopsy the membranes of the brain were found very much congested, and contained about four fluidounces of reddened serum. There was also slight congestion of the brain and lateral ventricles. A fracture was found at the base of the skull arising in the left greater wing of the sphenoid bone, passing through the olivary process and right greater wing of the sphenoid, and ending in the petrous portion of the right temporal bone. There was also found a comminuted fracture of the upper end of
the left fibula.